NEW ORLEANS, LA — The University of Tennessee football team has spent a lot of the past week looking forward, getting commitments and starting its 2017 recruiting class. The Vols took one step back Saturday morning, though, when they added a piece to the 2016 puzzle.
New Orleans defensive lineman D’Andre Christmas-Giles made his commitment to the Vols Saturday morning on his 18th birthday, making it official shortly after getting an offer from Butch Jones and Tennessee.
Christmas-Giles, a 6’4″, 290 lb. defensive lineman, originally said he might be ready to commit once he visited Tennessee. He changed his mind, though, saying he didn’t need to wait that long. He had offers from more than a dozen other teams, though, Tennessee was the biggest name in the 3-star athlete’s bunch.
The high school senior has been under the radar during a lot of his recruitment period because he sat out his junior season waiting out transfer rules. Tennessee committed to him after watching him play in a recent scrimmage.
Christmas-Giles said he’s still going to leave his recruitment open, but he offered that it would be very tough to make him change his mind.